David Hasseloff, “The Hoff,” acclaimed singer and television demigod of such 80s TV hits as “Baywatch,” Knight Rider,” and “America’s Got Talent,” who turns 58 in July, attends his namesake’s Knight Rider Festival with other actors and producers of the series, riding up in a K.I.T.T. car to the cheers of thousands of his fans at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas on March 18, 2010. (Prior article on March 19 by Las Vegas Backstage Access.)
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Trashing those late night sordid drinking and hamburger affairs, “The Hoff,” appears for now, to be sloshing onward and upward.
His namesake Knight Rider Festival will be hosted in Las Vegas this weekend. And, different than the first festival last year, this one will be graced by his presence. Hasselhoff plans to be at the festival on Fremont Street Experience on the First Street Stage tonight at 5 p.m., ushered in by Elvis impersonator Paul Casey, who created the Las Vegas event, dressed up as The Lone Ranger and riding up the street on a white horse signifying, Casey says, the original “Knight Rider” television show’s intent of being a modern-day version of the “The Lone Ranger.”
Following Casey and his white knight horse will be a parade of 20 K.I.T.T. cars from the series. The first one will be driven by Jack Gill, the main stunt driver for the series.
Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as “The Most Watched TV Star in the World,” Hasselhoff, who has been on television for more than 30 years, will be joined in the Las Vegas event by television show creator Glen Larson and actors Ann Turkel and Justin Bruening.
Allegedly, there will also be a drive-through wedding chapel with K.I.T.T. serving as best man.
Then it’s off to London for Hasseloff, where the WWE is having him guest host WWE Monday Night RAW on April 12.
And while that’s going on, the fun-loving-in-excess actor, who has also morphed into an internationally renowned singer receiving incredible kudos for his singing skills, especially in Europe, will be on a concert tour in Europe.
Hasselhoff is also on the road of making other endeavors a success too.
The folks at Abercrombie & Fitch hope are banking on the brand and image appeal of The Hoff to change their fortunes in the United States. So far, the traveling salvation show is working- his image is increasing sales revenue by 5 percent, while many of their industry competitors are down by 5 percent.
A&E also sees the shining rebounding light of Hasseloff, hiring him for a 10-epsisode deal for a new reality show with his two daughters. The docu-series, currently unnamed, slotted to air later this year, will take a behind-the-scenes look into the life of The Hoff focusing on his multiple entertainment and business endeavors, as well as his most important role as a single dad trying to help his teenage daughters’ break into the recording industry.
The Knight Rider Festival is March 19-20, all day, free. Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. www.knightriderfestival.com
What do you do for fun when your personal resume includes things like being a former mayor, TV news reporter, talk show host and lawyer? You head out to Las Vegas, silly, and jump on the stage of Planet Hollywood to serve as the emcee of “America’s Got Talent Live!” Or, at least, that’s what you do if you’re Jerry Springer and have recently completed a run on Broadway in the musical “Chicago.”
Springer says that hosting the Simon Cowell produced television show “America’s Got Talent” in Las Vegas was “…the best show I’ve ever done on television…” Springer approved of the democratic process of selection and enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the show during his time as host.
Springer also participated in last year’s one-night performance of the live show at the MGM Grand. The success of the 2008 event encouraged the producers to bring a longer run back to Las Vegas leading to the current 10-week engagement at Planet Hollywood.
According to Springer it’s the perfect tie-in opportunity: “When people come to Vegas, whatever they’ve been planning to do, they walk along and see the billboard ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and they’re going to like at least three of the eight or 10 acts.”
The current Planet Hollywood show includes eight of the top acts from the last season of the television show, including the winner, Kevin Skinner – a former chicken farmer now turned country singer.
Nick Cannon, host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” announced that top talent from the variety show will begin a 10-weeek run in October at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
In part one of the semifinal round of the show, over 71 participants from four cities competing for the coveted 20 spots.
The talent show will be held before “Peepshow” in the same theater.